Iowa offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs made his mark on Mount Vernon. Many in town made their mark on him, too. Wirfs and his mother, Sarah, took The Gazette on a tour of his hometown, revisiting scenes around what essentially is the one square mile where he grew up. This story is a little about what can hold you back. This is mostly about what moves you forward.

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Reader is unhappy with America's direction

Loving the direction America is going — Celebrating egos instead of freedom; My way or the highway leadership; If you don’t like something, it is evil; Lying is a way of life; Civility is dying.

Yup — America has become so much greater since the last election. Wish I could be proud.

Wilma Rettig

South Amana

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